Capital City Eats

Come to Columbus and see for yourself why Columbus’ culinary scene has foodies around the nation talking, with the Washington Post calling Columbus “A Certified Food Lovers’ Town.”


Morning | Go inside restored homes and private gardens in German Village, one of the city’s most charming districts. A step-on guide will shares the neighborhood's fascinating history.

Lunch | Enjoy a participatory dining experience at The Kitchen, and watch your inner chef emerge! Guests will come together to make an Italian dinner from start to finish, including homemade pasta, starter and dessert.

Afternoon | Learn the basics of mead making at Brothers Drake Meadery, then head next door to Middle West Spirits for a taste of their signature vodkas and whiskeys. Or, discover the intricacies of vodka, gin and bourbon making at Watershed Distillery.

Evening | Explore the vast collection of art galleries and boutiques in the Short North Arts District, known as the “Art & Soul” of Columbus. Then, a variety of dining options await during a memorable dinner on your own. Choose from upscale traditional tavern fare at The Pearl, Asian cuisine at Nida’s Thai on High and much more.


Morning | After breakfast at your hotel, explore the herb-capital of Gahanna. At the Ohio Herb Education Center learn easy ways to enhance everyday recipes and create your own culinary creations of herbal-infused vinegars, oils, syrups or tea.

Lunch | Grab lunch at a sustainable farm and licensed cannery. Visit Glass Rooster Cannery & Art Barns for a farm-to-fork buffet.

Afternoon | Stay for a tour of the working farm or taste your way through an array of Cannery-made fresh bread and artisan jams while enjoying a demonstration. Everyone selects a jam or jelly to take home.

Evening | Indulge with a food and handcrafted wine tasting at Wyandotte Winery or Signature Wines. Or, bask in the Columbus craft brew scene at Seventh Son Brewery or Land-Grant Brewing. Then, relax over a meal at one of several group-friendly spots such as Worthington InnHubbard Grille or Barcelona.


Morning | Explore Krema Nut Company, the oldest peanut butter manufacturer operating in the United States today. Then, indulge your sweet tooth during a tour of family-owned confectionery Anthony-Thomas Candy Company. Everyone receives a freshly made chocolate.

Lunch | Nibble your way around Columbus’ celebrated North Market. Enjoy lunch at the 130-plus-year-old public market with dozens of merchants. Or, get a taste of the city on one of Columbus Food Adventures’ guided tours. Stops always include independently owned businesses, with samples and behind-the-scenes access.

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Roger Dudley

Roger Dudley, CTA

Senior Tourism Manager


Professional Tour Operators

Sarah Doodan

Sarah Doodan, CTA

Tourism Coordinator


Group Leaders and Family Reunions